(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. friendly, agreeable, kindly, pleasant; likable. See courtesy, benevolence, friend. Ant., sour, unfriendly, hostile.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. pleasant, affable, genial, good-natured, obliging, friendly, cordial, agreeable, likable, congenial, gracious, good-tempered, sweet-tempered, sweet, easygoing, amicable, sociable, easy to get along with; see also friendly 1 , kind .
Syn.- amiable and affable suggest qualities of friendliness, easy temper, etc. that make one likable, affable also implying a readiness to be approached or to converse; a good-natured person is one who is disposed to like as well as be liked and is sometimes easily imposed on; obliging implies a ready, often cheerful, deSire to be helpful [ the obliging clerk took my order ] ; genial suggests good cheer and sociability [ our genial host ] ; cordial suggests graciousness and warmth [ a cordial greeting ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[AY mee uh bul]
friendly, good-natured.
The dolphin has always been seen as a fun-loving, amiable sort.
SYN.: friendly, good-natured, congenial, sociable, agreeable, outgoing, amicable, affable, approachable, good-humored, likable, cordial, warm.
ANT.: cold, unfriendly, antisocial
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Pleasant and friendly in disposition: affable, agreeable, congenial, cordial, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, pleasant, sociable, warm. See ATTITUDE, GOOD.

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  • amiable (à l') — ⇒AMIABLE (À L ), adj. et loc. I. Adjectif A. Vieilli, littér. [En parlant d une pers., d un trait hum.] Qui se comporte en ami, qui marque de l amitié. Accueil, paroles, propos amiables. Synon. affectueux, aimable, amical, doux, gracieux, etc. :… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • amiable — AMIABLE. adj. des 2 g. Doux, gracieux. Accueil amiable. Parolesamiables. f♛/b] On appelle Amiable Compositeur, Celui qui accommode un différent par les voies de la douceur.[b]À l amiable. façon de parler adverbiale. Par la voie de la douceur,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Amiable — A mi*a*ble, a. [F. amiable, L. amicabilis friendly, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. The meaning has been influenced by F. aimable, L. amabilis lovable, fr. amare to love. Cf. {Amicable}, {Amorous}, {Amability}.] 1. Lovable; lovely; pleasing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amiable — Amiable. adj. de tout genre. Doux, gracieux. Il n est guere amiable. paroles amiables. On appelle, Amiable compositeur, Celuy qui accommode un differend par les voyes de la douceur. A l Amiable. adv. Par la voye de la douceur, sans procés, sans… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • amiable — amiable, good natured, obliging, complaisant mean having or manifesting the desire or disposition to please. All may refer either to moods or to temperaments. Amiable usually implies friendliness, affability, or kindliness, qualities that inspire …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • amiable — index amenable, amicable, benevolent, civil (polite), malleable, obeisant, peaceable Burton s Legal Thesauru …   Law dictionary

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  • amiable — Amiable, Amabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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